Raspberry Pi OS is the official operating system for all Raspberry Pi models.
On our devices, you can install and use the Raspberry Pi OS and other operating systems through Raspberry Pi Imager:
Install Raspberry Pi Imager to Raspberry Pi OS by running
sudo apt install rpi-imager in a terminal window.
Alternatively, use the links below to download OS images which can be manually copied to an SD card.
If you are already familiar with Raspberry Pi OS we recommend that you follow the directions in the first Link.
If this is your first time interfacing with Raspberry, the NOOBS version – New Out Of The Box Software – is the best way to get started.
If your Raspberry Pi 4 does not start, it is possible that the SPI EEPROM has become corrupted. To check, remove the SD card, disconnect the device from the power supply, then reconnect it. If the green LED does not flash, this indicates that the EEPROM has corrupted.
Raspberry Pi Imager provides an easy way to fix this problem, by automatically preparing an SD card that will reprogram your Raspberry Pi 4’s EEPROM:
- Find an SD card that is empty, or does not contain any data you want to keep; it will be completely erased of all data during this process.
- Download Raspberry Pi Imager for your operating system from the list near the top of this page.
- Click “CHOOSE OS” and select “Misc utility images” then “Pi 4 EEPROM boot recovery”.
- Insert an SD card, click “CHOOSE SD CARD”, select the card you have inserted, then click “WRITE”.
- Once the SD card is ready, insert it into your Raspberry Pi 4 then connect the Raspberry Pi to power.
- Once complete, the green LED will blink rapidly in a steady pattern. Disconnect the device from power. Now you can remove the recovery SD card, insert your usual SD card, and resume using your Raspberry Pi.
Alternatively, you can download the bootloader and create a recovery SD card manually:
- Download the bootloader.
- Extract it to an empty FAT-formatted SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi
- Connect the power and wait for the green LED to flash quickly.
Raspberry Pi Desktop (for PC and Mac)
Debian with Raspberry Pi Desktop is the Raspberry Foundation’s operating system for PC and Mac. You can create a live disc, run it in a virtual machine, or even install it on your computer.